GRI Content Index


1. Strategy and Analysis

Profile Disclosure Disclosure Level of Reporting Disclosure
1.1 Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organization. Fully Our Report

2. Organizational Profile

Profile Disclosure Disclosure Level of Reporting Disclosure
2.1 Name of the organization. Fully Unimin Corporation
2.2 Primary brands, products, and/or services. Fully Unimin Corporation is one of North America's leading producers of non-metallic industrial minerals including silica sand, quartz, feldspar, nepheline syenite, olivine, calcium carbonate, clay, kaolin, resin coated sand, lime and limestone products. We do not outsource our mining, processing and production services.
2.3 Operational structure of the organization, including main divisions, operating companies, subsidiaries, and joint ventures. Fully Organization Profile/Governance
2.4 Location of organization's headquarters. Fully New Canaan, Connecticut (USA)
2.5 Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries with either major operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability issues covered in the report. Fully Canada, United States, Mexico
2.6 Nature of ownership and legal form. Fully Privately Held
2.7 Markets served (including geographic breakdown, sectors served, and types of customers/beneficiaries). Fully Unimin is a worldwide supplier to the glass, ceramic and lighting industries; oil and natural gas service companies; and paint, plastic, rubber and composite manufacturers. We also supply to the semiconductor and solar photovoltaic cell producers, metallurgical, and foundry industries, and we participate in a range of civil, industrial, environmental and building-related applications.
2.8 Scale of the reporting organization. Fully We employ approximately 2400 people in our U.S., Canadian and Mexican Operations. Our 2012 revenue totaled over $1.4 billion. As a privately-held company we do not disclose net sales, total capitalization, or quantity of products provided.
2.9 Significant changes during the reporting period regarding size, structure, or ownership. Fully Since the last report, we have closed these plants: Aurora, Green Mountain, Hamilton, Ione and Midland. We have sold the following plants: Badgeley Island, ON and Byron, CA. We have established two new plants: Utica II, IL and Tunnel City, MN.
2.10 Awards received in the reporting period. Fully Our Company/Awards & Recognition

3. Report Parameters

Profile Disclosure Disclosure Level of Reporting Disclosure
3.1 Reporting period (e.g., fiscal/calendar year) for information provided. Fully The metrics reflect baseline data collected from 2013. Narratives are from 2013 and 2014.
3.2 Date of most recent previous report (if any). Fully The last report was published in February 2014.
3.3 Reporting cycle (annual, biennial, etc.) Fully Biennial
3.4 Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents. Fully The point of contact for this report is Craig Johnson (
3.5 Process for defining report content. Fully Report Parameters; Stakeholder Engagement, Materiality and the GRI Process; We conducted a formal materiality assessment with out Executive Management Group and key leaders in the company to help inform report content, as well as identify bold goals.
3.6 Boundary of the report (e.g., countries, divisions, subsidiaries, leased facilities, joint ventures, suppliers). See GRI Boundary Protocol for further guidance. Fully Report content is for Unimin's mining operations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
3.7 State any specific limitations on the scope or boundary of the report (see completeness principle for explanation of scope). Fully Data for our railroad subsidiary is not included in this report.
3.8 Basis for reporting on joint ventures, subsidiaries, leased facilities, outsourced operations, and other entities that can significantly affect comparability from period to period and/or between organizations. Fully Report content is for Unimin’s North American operations, including all wholly owned mining subsidiaries.
3.10 Explanation of the effect of any re-statements of information provided in earlier reports, and the reasons for such re-statement (e.g.,mergers/acquisitions, change of base years/periods, nature of business, measurement methods). Fully We do not have any re-statements of information.
3.11 Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary, or measurement methods applied in the report. Fully We do not have significant changes to scope, boundary or measurement methods.
3.12 Table identifying the location of the Standard Disclosures in the report. Fully This page is the GRI Content Index.

4. Governance, Commitments, and Engagement

Profile Disclosure Disclosure Level of Reporting Disclosure
4.1 Governance structure of the organization, including committees under the highest governance body responsible for specific tasks, such as setting strategy or organizational oversight. Partially Our Report - Organization Profile/Governance. Unimin is managed by the Executive Management Group (EMG) consisting of 10 executive officers. The EMG is responsible for defining the strategy and goals for Unimin. There are no other committees responsible for these tasks.
4.2 Indicate whether the Chair of the highest governance body is also an executive officer. Fully The highest governance body is the Sibelco Group Board of Directors and the chair is an executive officer.
4.3 For organizations that have a unitary board structure, state the number and gender of members of the highest governance body that are independent and/or non-executive members. Fully Sibelco Group is a privately held company and board members are elected by shareholders.
4.4 Mechanisms for shareholders and employees to provide recommendations or direction to the highest governance body. Fully While we do not have a formal mechanism for communicating with executive leadership, there is no prohibition on such communication. For employee concerns, we have a well-established channel of communication through supervisors and managers.
4.14 List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization. Fully Employees, Communities surrounding mining operations, Customers
4.15 Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage. Fully Unimin completed a stakeholder prioritization exercise using an influence/interest matrix in order to define its stakeholder groups for the first report. We used this matrix to engage stakeholders for this report.



Indicator Disclosure Level of Reporting Disclosure
Economic performance
EC1COMM Direct economic value generated and distributed, including revenues, operating costs, employee compensation, donations and other community investments, retained earnings, and payments to capital providers and governments. Partially Our Company/History; Our Community; Our Employees/Employee Profile
Market presence
EC6 Policy, practices, and proportion of spending on locally-based suppliers at significant locations of operation. Fully Our Community/Community Engagement and Local Investment


Indicator Disclosure Level of Reporting Disclosure
EN3 Direct energy consumption by primary energy source. Fully Our Footprint/Energy
EN8 Total water withdrawal by source. Partially Our Footprint/Water
EN11 Location and size of land owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas. Fully Our Footprint/Land and Biodiversity
EN12COMM Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas. Fully Our Footprint/Biodiversity
MM1 Amount of land (owned or leased, and managed for production activities or extractive use) disturbed or rehabilitated. Fully Our Footprint/Land
EN13COMM Habitats protected or restored. Fully Our Footprint/Land & Biodiversity
EN14COMM Strategies, current actions, and future plans for managing impacts on biodiversity. Partially Our Footprint/Land & Biodiversity
MM2 The number and percentage of total sites identified as requiring biodiversity management plans according to stated criteria, and the number (percentage) of those sites with plans in place. Fully Our Footprint/Land & Biodiversity
EN15 Number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of extinction risk. Partially Biodiversity; Unimin has worked closely with Bat Conservation International, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Indiana Bat, a species endangered since 1967.
Emissions, effluents and waste
EN16 Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight. Partially Our Footprint/Air Quality
EN20COMM NOx, SOx, and other significant air emissions by type and weight. Partially Our Footprint/Air Quality
MM3 Total amounts of overburden, rock, tailings, and sludges and their associated risks. Fully Our Footprint/Land

Social: Labor Practices and Decent Work

Indicator Disclosure Level of Reporting Disclosure
LA1 Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region, broken down by gender. Partially Our Employees/Employee Profile
LA2 Total number and rate of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender, and region. Partially Our Employees/Employee Profile
Labor/management relations
MM4 Number of strikes and lock-outs exceeding one week's duration, by country. Fully Unimin did not have any lock-outs or strikes.
Occupational health and safety
LA7COMM Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities by region and by gender. Fully Our Team/Safe Workplaces
LA8 Education, training, counseling, prevention, and risk-control programs in place to assist workforce members, their families, or community members regarding serious diseases. Fully Unimin provides employees and their families with information that helps promote healthier lifestyles, as well as services such as health risks assessments, annual health screenings and family counseling services.
Training and education
LA10 Average hours of training per year per employee by gender, and by employee category. Fully Our Employees/Training
LA11 Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings. Fully Our Employees/Training
Diversity and equal opportunity
LA13 Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per employee category according to gender, age group, minority group membership, and other indicators of diversity. Partially Our Company/Organization Profile and Governance; Our Employees/Employee Profile

Social: Human Rights

Indicator Disclosure Level of Reporting Disclosure
Child labor
HR6 Operations and significant suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor, and measures taken to contribute to the effective abolition of child labor. Fully In the United States, Canada and Mexico we abide by all applicable laws and ordinances that govern worker eligibility and prevent underage child labor. We have no operations or significant suppliers that have significant risk for incidents of child labor.
Indigenous rights
HR9 Total number of incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous people and actions taken. Fully We have no incidents of violations involving the rights of indigenous populations.
HR10 Percentage and total number of operations that have been subject to human rights reviews and/or impact assessments. Fully We have no operations that have been or are pending human rights reviews and/or impact assessments.
HR11 "Number of grievances related to human rights filed, addressed and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms." Fully We have not been subject to any formal grievances related to human rights.

Social: Society

Indicator Disclosure Level of Reporting Disclosure
Local communities
SO1COMM (MMSS) Nature, scope, and effectiveness of any programs and practices that assess and manage the impacts of operations on communities, including entering, operating, and exiting. Fully Our Community/Community Engagement
SO1 (G3.1) Percentage of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs. Fully Our Community/Community Engagement

Social: Product Responsibility

Indicator Disclosure Level of Reporting Disclosure
Customer health and safety
PR2 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning health and safety impacts of products and services during their life cycle, by type of outcomes. Fully Unimin does not have any incidents or infractions concerning customer health and safety impacts of its products.
Product and service labelling
PR4 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning product and service information and labeling, by type of outcomes. Fully Unimin does not have any incidents or infractions concerning product labeling.
Marketing communications
PR7 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship by type of outcomes. Fully Unimin does not have any incidents or infractions concerning the advertising and marketing of its products.
Customer privacy
PR8 Total number of substantiated complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data. Fully Unimin does not have any incidents or complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy or cutomer data.
PR9 Monetary value of significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services. Fully Unimin does not have any fines or pending violations for non-compliance related to laws and regulations concerning the use of its products and services.